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Kane was a big fan of the 1926 movie The Bat -which featured a villain Awho wore an awesome batlike costume.@ He also liked to read Sherlock Holmes
mysteries. In 1939, he combined the two and came up with Batman.
comic book episodes later, Kane decided to give Batman a sidekick -one that he
conceived as Aa
laughing, fighting young daredevil who scoffs at danger like the legendary
Both the name and the costume were adaptions of the legendary English hero,
but Kane modelled the action out of his youthful fantasies: AIn my subconscious mind I longed to be like
Robin When I was his age, fighting alongside his idol Batman -or, in my case
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. [who played Zorro].@
Penguin was inspired by a Kool Cigarette ad, and Two-face was inspired by the
1932 film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide. Catwoman was based on screen siren
Jean Harlow, and the Joker was inspired by a photograph of actor Conrad Veidt
from a 1928 movie, The Man who Laughs.
Find words or expressions in the text that have the same or similar meaning
to: (2 points)
Answer the following questions according to the text (1.5 points)
What issue introduced Robin?
What is Batman based on?
Why did Kane include Robin in the comic?
3. Choose the correct modal verbs. (1.5 points)
a. I might/can pass the exam. I=m not sure.
She=s very intelligent but she doesn=t get very good marks. She mustn=t/can=t
be working very hard.
The man looks very important. He must/can be the head teacher.
Rewrite the sentences below, using modal verbs with perfect infinitives (2
I am sure that she didn=t
use a calculator.
necessary for you to tell him that.
come to school today. I am sure that she was ill.
Perhaps she borrowed your dictionary.
Composition (80 words) If you had to be one of the characters in Batman, which
one would you choose? Why would you not like to be the others? (3 points)